Blue-and-yellow macaw

Blue-and-yellow macaw Ara ararauna

ClassAves
OrderPsittaciformes
FamilyPsittacidae
Size80–90cm
Weight900g
Incubation26–28 days
Eggs2–3 eggs
Life-spanup to 50 years
Diet
fruit, grains, nuts

Habitat
tropical forests

Range
South America


These forest birds live in the tree canopy, close to lakes and along rivers. They nest in cavities in the trunks of very tall trees.
 
Blue-and-yellow macaws mate for life. It is easy to identify couples, which sit up close against each other on a single branch in the middle of bird colonies.
 
Macaws produce short tuneless sounds. They are highly intelligent and able to repeat words.
 




Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)

  • Not evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

In the zoo